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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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5,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,296
Reviews: 1,608
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 808 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-21-2000

Brewed using a blend of imported and classic American aroma hops, and a blend of barley malts and rice. Budweiser is brewed with time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.
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Photo of RollingRocker
3.15/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THE KING OF BEERS!!! When in reality it's not so much the king of beers as it is one of the largest producers of beer..Pours a very light yellow color...reminiscent of an unflushed toilet no lacing or head to speak of either. No noticeable smell at all. Tastes like...well almost nothing, very light in flavor with a very clean finish, quite refreshing on those hot days. Good mouthfeel rolls right over my tongue with a good amount of carbonation. A drinkable beer when you're throwing a party and don't really wanna blow a lot of money on beer with more flavor. I admit i do drink bud when money is tight. I prefer Yeungling but bud is definitely not the worst beer you can drink.


Photo of laituegonflable
1.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale amber colour with a frenzy of bubbles forming a fairly decent cushion of white foam that sinks gradually. Carbonation also slows down, eventually there's hardly any. Has the look a refreshing lager. Ultimately, decent.

There isn't much to the nose. A bitter alkaline aroma, maybe some slight hints of a caramelly malt, but that's being generous, or imaginative. Just a light bitter edge. Hooray for celebrating nothingness.

Taste starts as moderately unimpressive and contrives to go rapidly downhill from there. Front palate is watery and weak with slight, minimal hoppy undertones, then overtaken by a bitter chemical flavour, quite insipid and metallic. Finish is dreadful with a cloying bread yeast character killing off any drinkability this beer may have gained from being otherwise so flavourless. Just tastes like so many other adjunct lagers, and with a very poor profile to make it stand out as a particularly offensive one. Mouthfeel so thin it's like licking the inside of a vacuum tube. None of the bubbles promised on the pour. A distasteful drop, this. Weak and unpleasant. But then, I must be mistaken - how could a million rednecks worldwide be wrong?

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.08/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap after a Rolling Rock. Smells faintly of some grains, and maybe a bit of corn. Pours a golden yellow with no real head. Tastes fairly clean with some grainy sweetness and a fairly clean finish. There's a good amount of carbonation. Not too bad on tap. I've always thought this was a good beer for what it is, but there are cheaper alternatives if this is what you were going for.

Photo of JimBird
3.06/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really pale yellow with a small, white, and virtually non-existent head. Low hop aroma, and a light malt flavour with some carbonation. You can drink it on a tight budget, and it's not terrible.

The verdict: Looks like beer, smells like beer, and tastes like beer.

Photo of aval89
2.15/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 24oz tall can into a pilsner glassed. Poured a golden color with a nice size head with a lot of carbonation after the initial pour. Smelled metallic with hints of grain and bread. Tasted of grain and corn and a bit of metal. Left sort of a strange after taste. I used to drink this before I got into craft brews, but now it taste a bit more worse than before. Im pretty sure due to the fact that my palate has matured. Still not a bad go to beer. Although I would pick a High Life over this, its still an average go to beer.

As far as the "King of Beers", i cant say I agree with it, but hey, we do live in America. Haha.

Cheers :D

Photo of tj4288
2.47/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

what more can you say about plain old budweiser, boring, lame fall back cheap beer. my uncles and my grandpa drink this stuff. i am not a fan by any means but i will not turn down an ice cold budweiser from a bottle or a can.... i guess its refreshing on a hot day

Photo of Natural510
3.16/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Offered at friends' house. Not my first choice but hey, why turn down a free beer.

Pours a very pale golden color, but the head was quite full and took awhile to dissipate. No lacing at all after 5 minutes.
Scent carries a light maltiness, cereal-like, along with a very light hop profile. More suggestions of the ingredients than actual evidence.
Balanced. There is a light malt hop profile, long with a grainiess to the flavor. Hops can be tasted, but obviously not there to give a kick. Everything is very light, but nonetheless what is there is quite balanced.
No hop kick or yeast twang in the mouth, but it does do its job in being very crisp going down.

All in all, very drinkable. It doesn't have the sour aftertaste of other macro lagers which leave a sick feeling in my stomach. It's very balanced and a thirst-quencher. In that regard, it IS the quintessential brew of its style.

Photo of yupitsmeadam
3.4/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok so this beer doesn't impress the eye. Pours a very pale yellow with little to no head.

Smells of cereal grains with some corn.

Taste is simple yet pleasing. It has "thirst-quenching" taste that can be great at a BBQ or at any ballgame.

Feels like really carbonated, soda flavored with beer (sad but true).

One of the most drinkable beers there is. First beer I ever drank as a an under-age drinker so it has a special place for me. Not great but not horrible. The one beer that is served at every ballpark and stadium in america...so just accept it!

Photo of mudbug
2.93/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We were at the Cafe Jefferson in New Iberia La.
for lunch, It was hot and muggy and the desire of spicy gumbo had me in it's dark spell.
The beer list almost made me cry, everything had the word "lite" or a facsimile of that... Oh dear, looks like unsweetened ice tea for me! but no, after asking the overworked server if they had ANY beer that wasn't "lite" a BUD appeared like a savior avatar.
Thank God for good gumbo, and thank God for Bud.
Way too easy for beer geeks to hate on this beer, but it has a refreshing quality and an outstanding consistency.
When consumed ice cold, flavors and aroma matter little and that's the way this beer needs to be consumed. Ya

Photo of aerozeppl
1.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

When I moved into my cellar I already had a bottle. A Bud with the Twin Towers on it with a born on date of 09/09/99.

A:Light yellow color with minimal white head. The 99 was much darker and actually looked halfway decent.

S: Adjuncty sweetness with a touch of corn. Not much of a nose at all.

T: Just nothing really nice to say. Almost zero flavor save for the corn sweetness. The 10 year old bud had a touch more malt but not by much.

M: Super light body. Hard to tell the difference between this and water.

D: You could drink this but the question is why would you with so many options that are better?

Photo of TheTrevor
2.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow with a big fluffy head that only lasted second and a lot of visible carbonation. The smell is slight malt and some grain. The taste is real simple with a bit of malt and then a crisp finish. That's about it, I'm not sure what the hell happened to the "choicest hops" that they talk about on the outside of the 40oz., but I'm not tasting them. The mouthfeel is watery but has enough carbonation to make it crisp, as a good macrobrew should. This is indeed drinkable, and nothing can take that away from it. The undisputed king of mediocrity in beers.

Photo of MLasoski
3.84/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being that Budweiser is as mainstream as a beer can get, it has its own uniqueness (the beechwood aging process, look it up). I am not a fan of Anheuser-Busch being sold to InBev, but that's another story.

Served: In a bottle, drank from the bottle.

A: I know it pours a glittery, transparent, and golden color. It leaves a minimal head.

S: I can smell the hops and a slightly malty flavor.

T: It's crisp and somewhat refreshing for a non-light beer. I can taste the hops in every sip and the rice gives the lager a unique taste. Can't seem to match it to any other lager.

M: As said before, it's crisp. Taking each sip down, I can taste the hops, but the rice makes it easier to handle.

D: It's surprisingly smoothe and light compared to other lagers. I could probably have quite a few Budweisers and not think anything of it. I wouldn't classify it as drinkable as summer beers, but it's a good fall-back if no other beers spike your interest at the bar.

By the way, I hope the label of Budweiser being a "hick beer" subsides in the near future. It's not a bad lager at all, especially since no other lager goes through the same process as this one does, to my knowledge anyway.

Photo of drseamus
2.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

VERTICAL TASTING!!! 2008 versus 1999 bottles. Of note: the 08 is a bowling pin bottle.

A: Both are pretty light although the 1999 is decidedly darker than the 09. There was a touch of head on the 2008 but none on the 99.

S: Adjunct city in the 08 but there is actually a malty aroma in the 99!! I'm as surprised as the next guy. It's actually not bad either.

T: Again, the 08 is pure adjunct but the 99 is surprisingly malty. Behind the initial maltiness is nothing though. A good amount of sweetness throughout.

M: Thinner than water.

D: Not nearly as bad as I thought. It turns out Bud needs 10 years.

Photo of JToad
3.35/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Trying to make my way into the American Adjunct Lagers

There is a long history of my family of drinking good old Bud in a can, so there is some nostalgia here.

Initial hints of corn, slight faint hint of hops, barely noticeable. Nothing too offensive or appealing here in the smell.

Tastes of metallic carbonation. Bubbles fill the mouth, a little bitterness. Very refreshing, makes you want to take another sip immediately.

All in all, this is a solid brew perfect for hot summer days. Very refreshing, and unoffensive. I know AB products are looked down on here, but I actually enjoy a tall cold Bud every now and again. Bud light is my least favorite brew off all time, but I enjoy regular Bud.

Sometimes you just don't want something too complicated, and Budweiser fits the bill perfect.

Photo of teejay76
2.77/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured light pale yellow with weak head.

Smell - Sweet hops.

Taste - Good hops taste. Watered down.

Mouthfeel - A little too carbonated but too watery so not lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability - Overall, I wasn't too impressed. I got what I paid for.

Photo of TheFightfan1
2.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Poures pale pale yellow color,One of the clearest beers you can find. Fluffy white big bubbled heading that disapates to nothing basically. No lacing left around at all.

Smell is very sugary sweet, very subtle really nothing standing out.

Taste is of pretty much the same until the aftertaste which turns to a dank funk of some sort. Dosen't really taste much of anything except carbonated sweet water.

Mouth is very flat but once you swoosh it around a bit it turns to a mouthful of foam. Light bodied and very crisp.

Drinkability very easy going down like drinking a bubbly water.Personally I wouldn't want to drink more than a few and reap the next morning with the famous Bud headache.

I really don't think this is a horrible beer. I've had much worse.

Photo of BarrelO
1.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Born on March 16, 2009.

A: Depressingly pale. Almost like a ghost beer. Head quickly disappears.

S: Mostly sweet malt with some corn. Pretty inoffensive.

T: Where's the flavor? You really have to go out of your way to pick out anything (it's mostly corn, in any case). It's astonishingly easy to pound one back without detecting any distinct flavors at all, which is most likely what the brewers intended.

M: Watery. In fact, if I held my nose while sipping it, I'd probably be unable to distinguish it from water.

D: When I set out to review this, I was all set to sample it with an open mind and take all the BAs to task for unfairly dumping on it because of its popularity and accessibility. But after seriously examining it, I can unequivocally say that it really is that bad. If I were judging a BJCP competition and this were an entry in the Standard American Lager Category, I'd give it a gold medal. But that only makes it the tallest pygmy. If you're too old for beer pong, stay far away.

Photo of nickd717
1.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

People will say this beer is good for its style, and maybe it is good for American Adjunk Lagers. However the style is a disgrace overall, and while this may be one of the best of the worst, in the grand scheme of things, it's still a really, really, ridiculously bad beer, and is the main reason why American beer gets a bad name despite the wealth of craft brews we have here.

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pale golden-yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. Looks fine for the style I guess.

S - Very unappealing aroma of grains and rice. Doubting whether I actually want to drink this.

T - Ok, I caved and drank it! The smell does not mislead. The taste is bland - rice syrup and maybe a little bit of barley malt. Hops? Not a chance. Sweet, unpleasant, and one-dimensional flavor.

M - Three letters (well one's a number): H-2-O. The final gravity of this must have been 1.0001. It's just like swigging out of a bottle of Perrier, except without that nice citrusy taste.

D - Sure, it's fairly drinkable in that it's like water, but the many off-putting characteristics of this beer make you really think twice about getting another after it's done.

If this beer is the "king of beers," then Don King is the king of dons and Burger King is the king of burgers. Back to real beers for me.

Photo of mjw06
3.32/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

pale straw color with a very soft and light foamy head, that leaves pretty quickly, leaving no trace behind. be careful, if served a bud more than one minute after its poured, you may be fooled into believing it never even had a head.

the smell is faint as hell, but i cant but enjoy the crisp clean smell of a bud.

the taste merely mocks the smell, not really anything other than a ricey crisp, clean taste. with some barley malts on top of that are mostly present in its funny light alcohol taste.

drinking a bud can be like a disappearing act in your mouth. the body so light, and the carbonation so heavy, that its almost gone as soon as it gets there.

dont hate the player, hate the game. just because its the most popular macro doesnt make it a horrible beer. in fact, its pretty consistent and theres really not many bad elements to complain about from a bud. but ofcourse it is hard to complain about things that dont exist, and in so many areas, bud is just not there. nonetheless, a clean, crisp refreshing brew.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.36/5  rDev +43%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like everyone else, I have had this beer in every possible way it is to have. Sure, it is not the most flavorful, colorful or have an outstanding appearance. What it is is consistent. No matter where you have a Budweiser you know exactly what you are going to get. And they take quality VERY serious.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale and straw-colored, with quite a bit of white head. Head retention is not high.

S: Mostly grainy, although my nose tells me that there are some hops in there somewhere.

T: Pretty good tasting for the style. There is some malt; certainly more than is typical of the style. The residual adjunct is there of course.

M: Light mouthfeel, although pretty heavy for an adjunct. Decent amount of carbonation--not severely over-carbonated like Bud Light.

D: As far as I'm concerned, by far the best of the macros, which doesn't say much. Luckily there's Yuengling on the East Coast for desperate situations.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, did not notice the freshness date but it was fresh.
Appears light yellow in color with a bit of foam.
Smells of a lager, plain and simple.
Flavor was not at all offensive, light body of malt and a sweet rice character. Just a slight amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is impeccably smooth and crisp.
Drinkable, it is. Not a bad option at all on a warm day or at a sports game.

Photo of 01121987
4.58/5  rDev +94.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ok, let everyone remember that this is an american light adjunct lager, and that is what i am reviewing it as.
if anyone can find a better example of the style, please, let me know.
A- pours extremely pale yellow color. bursting with carbonation. low head retention.
S- smells like, well, budweiser. corn and Co2
T- light and refreshing, this beer is perfectly balanced with absolutely no off flavors. impressive considering the color and body.
M-extremely dry and prickly on the tongue. quite refreshing.
D- you know this beer. you now how drinkable it is.

i almost never buy this beer, but when i do, i am never disappointed. it is exactly the same overtime. it would go great with just about any meal.

this beer gets far less credit than it should on BA.

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an imperial pint.

Pours a light, pa;e straw with impressive clarity and a short lived, extremely bubbly half finger head. No cap or lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops....weird. As weak as they are they are the upfront aroma. No other aromas can be pulled from the beer.

Taste is light roasted malt and floral hops. Front is cold and pretty much like a malt and hops ice tea. Middle is the same and the finish is pretty much the same.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, not much here but water and fizzy carbonation.

I'm through giving opinions on adjunct flavors. Unless I have the grain bill in my hand. Because, I have had pils and dort exports that taste WAY more like corn than this. However, they have WAY more flavor than this.

Photo of a10t2
3.84/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into my Budweiser promo imperial pint glass, seemed only appropriate. Date on can is 22 Jan 09.

A: Heavy carbonation produces a snow white one-finger head that falls quickly. Bubbles continue to rise and keep a very thin patchy head on top. Extremely pale yellow, and crystal clear.

S: I'm pretty sure I can actually smell the CO2 that's being expelled, underneath a corny grain aroma (even though this is brewed with rice) and a faint smell of noble hops. Pretty bland.

T: Clean graininess that isn't at all sweet or malty, with a subtle hop character. An apple-y ester and just a hint of alcohol twang in the aftertaste.

M: Somewhat overcarbonated for my tastes, but very thin and smooth.

D: Extremely high, obviously. Nothing outstanding about it, but this beer is virtually flawless.

Note that I've taken the liberty of reviewing this as an "American Adjunct Lager" rather than as an IPA, as some others seem to enjoy doing. It is a world-class example of its style.

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